I've been writing, these past few days. In an actual novel. I'm only about 4000 words in, but this one, unlike any of the others I've worked on, is completely plotted, start to finish. I'm determined to finish this one or the medieval one before starting any other ideas.
The one I'm working on is a contemporary romantic suspense. But as much as there is the romance between the hero and heroine, there is also a romance between the heroine and God. But I'm struggling with that. I don't know if I can write it how I want to. I want to write the kind of relationship I want to have with God, one of love and openness and sincerity.
But I feel if I write it that way, it would come across as clichéd. Because that is not my experience with God, although I know it is possible. I was raised in the church so I know all the right verses and the right things to say, but I want to feel it! I want to feel that my prayers are reaching their mark rather than only knowing it in my head. I want to have my first thought be, "how can I be more like Jesus in this situation," rather than complaining or whatever.
I want to seek God, to walk with him. But I don't know how. And so I don't know how to write it. For my whole life I've felt like I've been paddling around in tide-pools when I really want to be swimming in the ocean.
How can I write about a deep and growing relationships with God (such as is beautifully portrayed in Tricia Goyer's Big Sky novels)?
Day One: 31 Days to Real-Life Relationships
Day Two: Be a Good Hostess
Day Three: The Cultivate Family Friendships Challenge
Day Four: The Book Club Bench
Day Five: The Ask-a-Friend-for-Help Challenge
Day Six: The Do-Something-Scary-with-a-Friend Challenge
Day Seven: The Most Important Relationship
Day Eight: Be Thankful in Relationships
Day Nine: Girls' Night!
Day Ten: Accept Offers from Others (No Guilt Allowed!)
Day Eleven: How to Make Friends
Day Twelve: A Pleasant Home
Day Thirteen: A Different View of Birthday Cards
Day Fourteen: Laugh Together
Day Fifteen: The Plan-A-Family-Outing Challenge
Day Sixteen: The Smile Challenge
Day Seventeen: Get Enough Alone Time
Day Eighteen: The Power of an Apology
Day Nineteen: Give Your Time
Day Twenty: Mail Letters to Friends and Family